Berry Street - Foster Care, Child Protection, Youth, Family Violence and Community Services

Welcome to Berry Street

Since 1877, Berry Street has chosen to work with children, young people and families, with the most challenging and complex needs, including those for whom we are often the last resort. Last year, we helped over 18,000 of the most disadvantaged children, young people and families across our community.

We believe all children should have a good childhood, growing up feeling safe, nurtured and with hope for the future.


News & Events

Berry Street helps traumatised kids with animal-assisted therapy
Three-year-old border collie Koda is a working dog. But, rather than rounding up sheep in a paddock, she spends her days shepherding traumatised children through difficult times. read more

Welfare agency Berry Street opens Horsham office
Victoria’s largest independent child and family welfare organisation hopes opening an office in the Wimmera will allow it to help more of the region’s children lead safe and happy lives. read more

Fresh calls for radical family violence reform
Holding perpetrators accountable and keeping mothers and children together must be the focus of any radical reforms coming out of Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence. Berry Street Family Violence Service senior manager Gayle Correnti said specialist family violence workers on the frontline were being inundated by requests for help. read more

'Scared and scary': how trauma changes a child's brain
Dr. Bruce D. Perry, who has a long association with Victorian foster agency Berry Street, was in Melbourne holding a series of workshops with social workers, policy makers, and even Family Court judges, from all over Australia. read more

Victorian Labor to introduce same-sex adoption laws
Thousands of same-sex couples with children will soon have the right to be jointly recognised as parents by Victorian law, under new adoption laws to be introduced by the Andrews government.The introduction of the bill comes as Berry Street has actively sought to recruit gay couples to become foster carers in recent years. read more

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